HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Wednesday, January 5, 2010) - Quiksilver is pleased to announce that it has signed current ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore to a five-year endorsement agreement. Under terms of the agreement Stephanie will ride for the Quiksilver team and has become a Quiksilver brand ambassador, joining a diverse and talented group which includes 13 other female artists, musicians, photographers, philanthropists and fashion designers representing Quiksilver's lines for women.
As a brand ambassador Stephanie will contribute to marketing initiatives and activities through her considerable creative talents. The addition of Stephanie to the Quiksilver ambassador program also coincides with the debut of Quiksilver's new global girls line, targeting 18-24 year old young females, set to launch in February 2011.
"I have had exceptional support throughout my career and I am excited to have this bright opportunity with the respected team at Quiksilver," says Gilmore. "I am looking forward to pushing myself to new levels and feel this is a move which will help me stay inspired while competing at the highest level as a professional surfer on the ASP Women's World Tour. It's thrilling to be a part of an innovative and globally respected brand like Quiksilver. Its rich history and creative direction are well aligned with my personal ambitions."
"We are very happy to welcome Stephanie to Quiksilver" says Bob McKnight, CEO of Quiksilver. "Her many accomplishments, at such a young age, are incredible. She is an inspirational role model for young women and a perfect fit for Quiksilver."
22-year-old Stephanie, who was born and raised in NSW Australia has already become one of the most accomplished surfers in the world. She has won the ASP World Title in each of the last four years, was the youngest ASP Women's World Champion (2007) and has 17 ASP Women's World Tour victories. She will compete in the first event of
the 2011 ASP season at next month's Roxy Pro on Australia's Gold Coast, February 26 - March 9.
In addition to Quiksilver, her sponsors include Cole Clark Guitars, Ford, Sanitarium and DHD Surfboards. She plays both acoustic and electric guitar, including a Cole Clark lap slide and a vintage Fender Strat, and she documents her world travels with a Hassleblad 501c medium format camera.
Stephanie's philanthropic work includes Australia's youth-focused Black Dog Foundation; and she is a sponsor for two children in Kenya and Ethiopia. This Sunday, January 9th, Stephanie will be part of Channel 9 Australia's telethon to raise money for Australia's devastated areas affected by the floods.
Stephanie will continue to hone her talents and pursue her passions as she joins the Quiksilver family and will creatively contribute to and be involved in marketing efforts for the brand's new collection. Designed for young women with a coastal mindset and an independent spirit, the new Quiksilver collection is built on an understated aesthetic with its primary focus on quality fabrics, fits and finishes. This feminine interpretation of the Quiksilver brand has resulted in a beautiful collection that is authentic to Quiksilver's roots while at the same time introducing a unique, feminine perspective to the action sports apparel industry. The debut season of the collection perfectly blends coastal casual lived-in, loved-in designs with airy feminine details and superior hand-feel.
For more information about the Quiksilver women's (division), please visit: quiksilver.com.